Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes that this season could have been a whole different story if wideman James Forrest had been fit in the last few months.

As reported by the Glasgow Times, Lennon was asked about the impact that Forrest has on the side and how it could have been a playing factor, having a player of his quality available rather than on the treatment table whilst also revealing that the 29-year old could make the squad this weekend.

“Absolutely, no question,” he said. “He is a top player, a top boy and he loves the club.”

“He was training Monday and Tuesday and he went to see a specialist on Wednesday,” he said. “We were hoping for the all-clear. We may have him in the squad for the weekend.

“We have missed him, there’s no question of that. Any team would miss a player of that quality. His contribution to this club has been unbelievable, magnificent. That has certainly been the case in my time since coming back.”

Forrest has had his critics in the past for some of his performances. However, it has been clear to see this season how much we have missed and his numbers don’t lie over the last few years.

Many may suggest that there is no point in bringing him back into the fold after being out since September but I think it will be a different story for Forrest himself. He has a Euros place to fight for and will want to make his intentions clear to Steve Clarke.

It would be good to see him at the very least part of the squad who travels to McDiarmid Park on Sunday.



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